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Conference: Health in transition: Ethnographies of bio-medicine in post-socialist Europe, 7-8 June 2012, Romanian Academy of Sciences, Bucharest, Romania‏

7-8 June 2012, Romanian Academy of Sciences, Bucharest, Romania

While medical anthropologists have done considerable research on both the south and the north, Central and Eastern post-socialist Europe, with notable exceptions, has received limited attention so far. At the same time, medical anthropological research locally produced in Central and Eastern European academic institutions is still little known by anthropologists in other parts of the world.

The aim of this conference is therefore twofold. Firstly, it is an attempt to bring together medical anthropologists and other health care researchers from social science-related fields who study the changes that have taken place in post-socialist regimes of health and medical care. The event will therefore explore the novel challenges that medical systems of these countries have faced during the last two decades of market economy and capitalist transformation.

Secondly, this conference also aspires to serve as an open space to rethink the place of anthropology among social science disciplines in the region. It hopes to raise awareness and acknowledgment of medical anthropology while highlighting its potential for applied, critical and engaged research.

The CFP is now closed. The provisional programme of the conference is available at:

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Organising committee: Heidi Bludau (University of Indiana), Jen Carroll (University of Washington), Michael Rasell (University of Lincoln), Sabina Stan (Dublin City University), Edit Szenassy (Charles University) Valentin-Veron Toma (Romanian Academy)